Complete a Book Bundle request at bit.ly/NPLbookbundle Youth Librarians will select age appropriate high quality materials kids are sure to enjoy.
Virtual Youth Programs
The Youth Department Librarians publish storytimes and programs on-line so you can recreate your favorite library experiences at home! Storytimes include songs, parent tips, and book recommendations. Virtual Take and Create programs have a video component and an accompanying kit to check-out and complete activities at home. Videos can be found at bit.ly/NPLplaylist Call the youth desk or use the book bundle form to request your materials for curbside pickup!
Introducing Hoopla! Enjoy movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV. No waiting for holds! Click here for more info.
Materials available for check-out
Neenah Public Library has a wealth of non-traditional items available for check out. For a complete list follow this link
Crafts-to-go Support your children's creativity with these take-home projects. These preschool-age kits include the materials you need to make fun process-based art.
Play and Learn Totes Early Literacy to Young readers learning materials, STEM activities, Yoga, Diversity and more.
Puzzles Jigsaw puzzles from 36 to 3000 pieces are available to check out for 28 days.
Ukulele Take home a Ukulele today! Includes everything you need to start playing.
Discovery to Go Design, build, concoct, and discover with these kits perfect for curious kids. Kids will experiment, explore, test, play, and learn a great deal through problem-solving and experimenting.
Cake Pans The Library has over 100 cake and baking pans for check out!
- The Children's Book Council: The Children’s Book Council is an association “dedicated to supporting the [reading] industry and promoting children’s books and reading,” making them an awesome resource for finding books students will love. Upon clicking “Find Books,” students are presented with a list of unique book categories to begin their search. Some of these categories include, “Hot off the Press,” “Seasonal Showcase,” and “Outstanding Science.” Another noteworthy feature is their “Kid Lit News,” which provides the latest in news relating to children’s books, such as the yearly What Kids are Reading Report.
- PBS Wisconsin PBS Wisconsin is committed to ensuring equitable access to free and trusted resources in a variety of formats to help meet the needs of all learners in any learning environment. In partnership with Milwaukee PBS and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we are continuing our At-Home Learning TV broadcast schedule for the school year, accompanied by curriculum-aligned digital resources.
- Kids in Mind: Movie reviews focused on appropriateness for children.
- Common Sense Media: We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and school
- What Should I Read Next: When you know you love a book and want to use it to find the next selection. This website uses the previous read to provide a list of related books to select from—all of which will take you to amazon.com for more information. Another helpful tool on this website is the book’s search terms, click-able words that describe themes and ideas from the book, that will lead you to more choices within that category. These terms range from generic, to book specific, to extremely specific.
- Goodreads: If you want to find a new book, but don’t have a specific book to start with try Goodreads. Head to their website and scroll down to “Search and browse books,” click on a specific category (i.e. “Children’s”) and you’ll be presented with books that are “New Releases,” “Most Read This Week,” and “Popular.” The findings can be broken down into additional subcategories. Provides a summary, star rating, reader reviews, and “Readers Also Enjoyed” making it easier to not only to find new books, but see if others actually enjoyed the book as well.
- AllReaders: search by author, genre, plot, setting or character. AllReaders is a great way to avoid judging a book by its cover—there are no pictures of any of the books. Each book profile provides a plot synopsis, highlights, plot and theme information, main characters, setting, and writing style. Links will take you to other books with the same themes. The information provided is specific and gives the reader a better idea of the “nuts and bolts” of the book. For example, a 12 year old girl may want to read books about other 12 year old girls. You can browse a list of “Books with storylines, themes & endings like [book you searched]”. Rather than deciding whether or not to read the book based off the synopsis, continue scrolling and see information such as:
Time/Era of Story: 2000+ (Present Day)
Ethnicity: African American